Attractions/Leisure - The Surrey Hills
The Surrey Hills stretches across a quarter of the County of Surrey to include the chalk slopes of the North Downs, from Farnham in the west to Oxted in the east and extending south to the deeply wooded Greensand Hills which rise in Haslemere. This treasured landscape of beautiful countryside is rich in wildlife, woodland, attractive market towns and villages and provides some of the best walking in the whole of Southern England. It is within easy reach of Leatherhead town centre by foot along the River Mole, by bus or car.
The Surrey Hills is one of 37 nationally protected landscapes in England, and was one of the first areas to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty back in 1958, with its beauty being considered equivalent to that of a National Park. This designation recognises the beauty of the landscape and ensures that it is properly conserved and managed for future generations to enjoy. Within the Surrey Hills are some fantastic opportunities for visits to attractions and walks in woodland, heathland and downland as a day visit or a short break.
The Surrey Hills Partnership was established in 1998 to protect the beauty of the Surrey Hills for the safe use and enjoyment of all.